WILSON LOFTS, MONTREAL
Since J C Wilson commissioned its construction in 1911 as a paper manufacturing facility, the Wilson Building has become a testimony to the importance of Montreal’s architectural heritage. Part of a diminishing fraternity of red brick land mark structures, The Wilson Building represents the power of design simplicity and the purest uses of space and light.
With a classic industrial design possessing 11-foot ceiling heights, concrete columns and beams, bricked window bays and 6-foot~ high window openings, The Wilson Building provided the ideal foundation for a classic loft restoration and reintegration approach.
Located at the corner of Saint-Alexandre and de la Gauchetiere, in what was once known as The Paper Hill of Montreal, The Wilson Building sits directly across from the historic St. Patrick’s Basilica and the Church Park adjacent to the Southam Building in in what has become the Unity District - formerly Paper Hill.
Having a tremendous amount of experience in the neighborhood, Renwick was instrumental in determining the approach for the redevelopment of the property and the design of the authentic loft units to be created within. The goal being to to ensure that modern living, of any lifestyle, would be integrated seamlessly into the essence of the existing structure through the creation of dynamic interiors that allowed for the expression of any individuality.
High-end modular kitchens, free-standing modular closets, and designer bathrooms were at the core of the approach.
START DATE : FEBRUARY 2008
COMPLETION : JANUARY 2011
104 units - 600 - 1,500 sq.ft. with private balconies and terraces
Large lobby, gym, common roof top terrace